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GROW UP, IRAN

May 02, 2006
by: jovial_cynic
I have debated endlessly with my friends about the woes and merits of the US having gone to war in Iraq. It's nice to have these debates, because one of the byproducts of a reasonable discussion is the ability to separate one's self from the topic of debate. Years ago, I viewed the war as a fight between "us" and "them" - I am an American citizen, and Iraq is a foreign country in which I have no emotional investment. It only made sense that I would want "us" to win this "war." Now, having stepped back after all of these debates, it's much clearer -- it's really "them" and "them." I have nothing to do with the goings-on at the White House, and my voice as an individual doesn't really have any kind of impact on what actually goes down. I also have nothing to do with the anti-US forces on the ground in Iraq, whether they are simply trying to thwart anything the US does, or if are fighting for their own sense of freedom. As near as I can figure, they're just a bunch of people fighting and killing each other, and the notion of some kind of "victory" on either side doesn't really have any pleasant ring to it. The whole thing is just kind of stupid at this point.

The US's latest middle-eastern adventure revolves around Iran and their uranium enrichment. On the one hand, I figure that if the US can have nuclear power-plants to supplement the generation of energy for American citizens, why shouldn't another country have that same right? But on the other hand, when senior members of Iran's military say things like this:

"We have announced that wherever America does something evil, the first place that we target will be Israel..."

... perhaps a nation shouldn't really be left in the hands of such childish men.
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